Jimmy Durante and his guests, Jane Powell, Jimmie Rodgers, Eddie Hodges and Ray Bolger pay tribute to fifty years of Broadway, including songs from early George M. Cohan musicals to the latest showstoppers such as 'You Gotta Have Heart' from "Damn Yankees" and 'I Could Have Danced All Night' from "My Fair Lady". Featured numbers include Jane Powell demonstrating her dancing skills, performing an inspiring duet with recording star Jimmie Rodgers of "It Was Mary" and displaying her talent working a player piano. Ray Bolger demonstrates his prodigious skills as a ...
Drama based on the early career of Gore Vidal's grandfather, Senator Thomas Gore. In the early 1890s, Thomas seeks employment in the office of a Texas judge. During the interview Thomas reveals that it is his life's ambition to become a United States Senator. He also informs Judge Wingate that he is completely blind.
New Englander Jabez Stone is about to lose the farm, in a fit he tells his wife that he'd sell his soul to the devil for just about two cents! And of course the devil takes him up on it. Contract in hand, he offers Jabez the customary irresistible terms, seven years of good fortune.
At age 63, Ulysses S. Grant learns he is dying of cancer. Mark Twain, his friend, remarked, "He was groping in the past to find himself, to salvage from the wreckage of his life some remnants of his self-esteem." The story unfolds in flashbacks through his illustrious life.
Between scenes of a movie ("Sands of Iwo Jima") in which he appears as an extra, Pima Indian Ira Hayes recalls the horrors of the actual battle of Iwo Jima in which he forever sealed his fate in history as one of the men who raised the flag in the world-famous photograph taken during the battle.